Meet the man that has shaped thousands of bodies with his unique
Michael Tabban is the owner, head trainer and team coach at Tabban Muscle and Body Shape in Richmond established in 1988. Michael, son of bodybuilding legend George Tabban, was born with the sport of figure sculpting running through his veins. Continuing his father’s legacy, Michael has trained thousands of clients of all ages and body shapes. His clients all want the same outcome, to feel strong within themselves and to be proud of their bodies, while looking the best they possibly can. Michael’s fiery passion for the sport, his mental and physical competency and most importantly his fierce legendary work ethic, has led him to become one of the most reputable and successful leaders in the Australian Figure and Body Sculpting industry.
Micahel Tabban together with his father George, have designed the Tabban Shape program that now has been shaping bodies for 30 years Tabban SHAPE Program®
Over the past 30 years Michael’s career and reputation has only gained greater strength. Michael has a very long list of athlete achievements. He has trained 1,000’s of State, National and International level athlete’s where 100’s have become Overall Champions. Michael has trained the likes of Lindy Olsen, Lesley Maxwell and Sue Stanley. Michael is the guru of transforming members – not from a textbook but from many years of experience. At just a glance Michael can alter your eating plan or training session to suit your bodies needs during your transformation journey. He has worked in the fitness industry way before many other trainers thought of entering this profession.
Michael’s skills are priceless and cannot be taught at any fitness course. His passion for his gym, shape program, athletes and members, lives on to this day. He is a very humble man who has achieved what only other trainers would dream of. A man of not many words Michael will always pass on his positive advice and words of wisdom. When he meets you, he will say ” If you give me 100% I will give you 110% back” and that he does.
Members will tell you there is something special about what Michael has created at Tabban Muscle and Body Shape. It may be the old school gym environment or the history of the past 30 years of achievements, displayed trophies or members photo’s over all the walls of the gym. Where else can you get a family friendly atmosphere, group training with like-minded people and continual celebrations of members achievements. Most of the training equipment is even hand-made by Michael to target areas of the body to achieve a total balanced body transformation. Whatever it is that makes Tabban Muscle and Body Shape’s special, members one day may leave due to a change of lifestyle but they always return! Michael has a flare like no other and it shows on the faces of his clientele.
Michael also mentors his trainers as he was mentored by his father. He has a team of dedicated trainers that share his passion and are guided daily to be the best trainers for his members. He guides them not only as the gym owner but he also trains them daily and has even taken many of them to stage where they have competed and become champion athletes. Michael believes that if his trainers have walked the walk then they are more experienced to understand a client’s needs.
Michael Tabban and his competition coaches Areti Anagnostellis and Doreen Nicolaou
Michael Tabban and Areti Anagnostellis
Michael’s client now trainer, Areti Anagnostelis entered Tabban Muscle and Body Shape in November 2004 with the intentions to start weight training. Michael saw the courage of this young lady and began training her for the stage. Within 8 months of training Areti won her 1st Wff Universe Title. With Michael as her trainer Areti continued to train, strengthening her body, her mind and stayed focused to then hold the WFF Universe Title for four years consecutive years . An outstanding accomplishment achieved by very few. Areti believes none of this would have been possible without the expertise, knowledge and support from her trainer/coach Michael Tabban.
Consequently Areti began to work at Tabban gym in 2006, to be mentored and working alongside Michael Tabban to focus on the training and competition needs of up and coming Tabban athletes.
Having realized the very best within her and also proving to be one of the very best in the world, Areti chose to retire from competition in 2008 after winning her 4th WFF Universe figure title, and decided to move all her focus on the training of others. Pursuing a career with The Tabban Family Trainers Areti now transforms the bodies and lives of her clients in much the same way that Michael Tabban transformed her own.
With all this strength and knowledge that she gained from Michael, Areti proved she had what it takes to become a Tabban trainer and coach. Areti now stands strong as a Tabban trainer alongside of Michael they are force to be reckoned with.
Areti has trained/coached many champion athletes at state, national and international levels. She teaches the Athletes how to pose and even choreograph all the individual competition posing routines.
Jane Watts winner of 12 Overall figure and Fitbody Titles including 2 Overall World Titles
Tara Walker overall Bikini Model
Trained and coached by Areti Aganostellis
In addition to competition athletes, Areti has a loyal following of clients. With her bright nature and cheeky grin, Areti is a highly personable individual. Everyone, no matter what their training and fitness goals might be, loves a workout with Areti. She takes great pride in helping others lead a healthy, balanced life style, sculpt their bodies and achieve their own fitness and health goals, just as she did.
Michael Tabban and Doreen Nicolaou
Self confessed gym junkie Doreen Nicolaou has spent the past 30 years in the gym industry. Doreen began as an aerobic instructor then became more interested in personal training. Doreen started preparing for her first body sculpting competition in 2004 the same year Areti began training with Michael Tabban. Doreen was a huge fan of Michael Tabban and his athletes but she never believed the trip to Richmond was possible with young children and a busy lifestyle.
In 2008 and a twist of fate Doreen met Michael Tabban. Michael recognised her from her competition in 2004 and asked to become athlete in his team. Doreen embraced all of Michael’s knowledge and instructions as this was what she believed to be an opportunity of a lifetime. That year Doreen ended the season winning 3 x Australian titles and 3rd place in the World Titles!
In 2014 Doreen returned to Tabban Muscle and Body Shape to reunite with Michael and become an athlete once again. Finishing that season with Michael Tabban asking Doreen to become a Tabban trainer. Michael promised to mentor Doreen and teach her all that he knows. Three years later Michael has kept his promise. He has tweaked and fine tuned Doreen’s years of knowledge and continues to mentor her daily. Doreen is now living the dream still competing, also inspiring and mentoring our Tabban members. Doreen is still an athlete trained by Michael Tabban and in 2016 placed 2nd in Master’s Over 50 at the Olympia in Las Vegas.
Doreen’s experience in personal training and as a Tabban athlete along with Michael Tabban’s world of knowledge has earn’t her a great deal of respect as a Tabban trainer and coach. Her clients love her very loud motivating approach to training plus her knowledge of good technique. Doreen shares all her wisdom with our Tabban members and her mentoring skills are an asset to Tabban Muscle and Body Shape.
Kim was Doreen’s first client re joining Tabban in December 2014. Kim weighed in at 76.4 kg and was recovering from a knee reconstruction operation. Kim was unable to bend her knee when she met Doreen. She has since had a full knee recovery, lost 20 kg and competed at the ICN Victorian 2017 Titles as a bikini model.
With George Tabban retiring in 2016 Michael interviewed a long list of personal trainers to find passionate staff that would embrace the legacy that he and his father had created. This process took a long time as Michael needed to find young motivated trainers with the will to learn and respect the Tabban way.
We are now excited to introduce you to Cyrus Saberi. An experienced personal trainer that is now guided daily by Michael Tabban. Michael has taught him the Tabban Shape Program. Cyrus is keen to train with Michael to learn his training techniques. His gentle nature and his positive attitude towards personal training attracts a calmness to all his training sessions whilst pushing clients to achieve their goals. Cyrus is a huge part of our training team of personal trainers and plan to also one day compete.